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LANESBORO, Minn. -- As an eagle soared peacefully above the high ropes course, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center lived up to its name. Fifth-graders from Burnside Elementary school traveled about 95 miles south to Lanesboro, Minn. for a three day stay in an environment much different from their typical classroom. Wednesday morning Bree Edblad, naturalist and liaison for Eagle Bluff, waited for three coach buses to break the natural silence and peer over the horizon, carrying 93 students and 14 chaperones. "I'm pretty much the gopher for them," he said.
To The Editor: Hats off to members of the Phoenix Theatre Co. whose powerful and soulful rendition of Shirley Lauro's "A Piece of My Heart" Saturday was provocative, stunning and incredibly well acted. The standing ovation was richly deserved. The play evoked the hell that was the Vietnam War from the perspective of female nurses and entertainers. The images of carnage, lost limbs, lost lives and the impossible nightmare of trying to piece lives together after having experienced Vietnam were difficult to watch.
WABASHA -- Mike Lidgerding has faithfully attended his local Ducks Unlimited event for more than 14 years. This year's event held a big surprise. The Wabasha resident won a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado when his name was selected from more than 300 qualifiers at Minnesota Ducks Unlimited events conducted during the past 12 months. "Our southeastern Minnesota DU chapter is called the Quacker Backers and the event is held in Kellogg. That's where I qualified," Lidgerding said. "When I was selected as one of five finalists, I told my wife, Jackie, not to get too excited.
KARLSRUD-KAEDER Jennifer Jean Karlsrud and Jason Lyle Kaeder of Red Wing were married Oct. 30, 2002, in Ellsworth by the justice of the peace. She is the daughter of Mike and Betty Buchholtz of Red Wing. He is the son of R.J. and Jan Kaeder of Red Wing. Maid of honor was Amy Buchholtz of Red Wing, sister of the bride. She earned her GED at Colvill Family Center.
Faithkeepers perform at school Faithkeepers, an ecumenical group of about 80 high school students from the Red Wing area, will present a public concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Hovda Hall at Red Wing High School. Director Judy Berkeland said the spring concert -- the final event of the year -- is titled "One in Christ." In addition to the piano accompaniment of Judith Batten, students will add some guitar, drum and cello sounds to the choral presentation.
Editor's note: Following are answers to questions raised in People's Platform and researched by R-E staff writers.
It wasn't pretty, but it was just what the Red Wing girls basketball team needed. The Wingers concluded their regular season with an impressive 46-43 win over a scrappy Northfield squad in the Missota Conference Friday night. For six Red Wing seniors, it was their last home game. Erin Kelly, Emma Jaeger, Angie Hartmann, Katelyn Eberlein, Jenna Tebbe and Jamie Novak went out in style, finishing the regular season with more wins (11) than any Red Wing girls team in more than a decade. "I tip my hat to all the seniors," Coach Carl Pierson said.
Their districts will likely see no additional state aid in the next year or two, but some local school superintendents expressed relief that K-12 education didn't fare worse as Gov. Tim Pawlenty tries to close a $4.5 billion shortfall for 2004-05. Red Wing Supt. Kelly Smith wasn't particularly surprised, or disappointed, by Pawlenty's proposal. Smith said he wasn't expecting any increases in state aid In light of the sizable deficit. "We were expecting zero," Smith said.
Today Grumpy Old Men Festival, 10 a.m., Wabasha. Tax assistance, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Red Wing Public Library. Michael Norman on "Exploring Haunted America," 10 a.m., Red Wing Public Library. Alcoholics Anonymous, 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., AA clubroom above Elks Club. Concert and program about Norway, 2 p.m., United Lutheran Church. "The Flattering Word" and "A Piece of My Heart," 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sheldon Theatre. Sunday Eagle Spot, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Colvill Park, St.
ELLSWORTH -- In boys basketball, Ellsworth and Prescott have quite the rivalry. Never was that more evident than Thursday night. The Panthers didn't exactly welcome the Cardinals to their gym. But the Cardinals weren't about to let fired-up Ellsworth fans ruin their night. Prescott escaped with a 47-36 win in the Middle Border Conference, despite what Coach Jay Bartsch called a poor rebounding performance. The game was rough from the opening tip, and neither team got relief from the officials.